Divided by Law: The Sit-ins and the Role of the Courts in the Civil Rights Movement

  title={Divided by Law: The Sit-ins and the Role of the Courts in the Civil Rights Movement},
  author={Christopher W Schmidt},
  journal={Law and History Review},
  pages={93 - 149}
  • C. Schmidt
  • Published 1 February 2015
  • Law, History
  • Law and History Review
A central goal of the lunch counter sit-ins of 1960, the protests that launched the direct-action phase of the Civil Rights Movement, was to give new meaning to the very idea of “civil rights.” To the students who took part in the protests, civil rights work entailed litigation and lobbying. It required relying on the older generation of civil rights activists and working through established civil rights organizations. It meant surrendering student control over the demonstrations. And, as the… 
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